7th November: Manitas de Plata dies aged 93, Stradivarius violin is top lot at online auction and LSO Play wins Lovie Award.

Friday 7th November 2014

Classical News


Manitas de Plata, gypsy guitarist, dies aged 93

Manitas de Plata, the flamboyant gypsy guitarist who sold nearly 100 million records and inspired Pablo Picasso, has died in France

Classical Music Magazine

CBSO to play in Abu Dhabi, UAE, for first time in December

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra is to perform in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates for the first time next month, with concerts on 15 and 16 December.

The Strad

Stradivarius violin is top lot at Beare’s first online auction

The c.1698 instrument went for £1.7m during the sale in Late October

International Arts Manager

LSO PLAY wins Lovie award

LSO PLAY, the London Symphony Orchestra’s immersive online platform, has won a 2014 Lovie Award.

The Herald Scotland

Composers express anger at funding cut for music festival

Prominent figures in the world of classical music have expressed shock and dismay at the cut of funding to one of Scotland’s leading music festivals.

Zeit Online

Ein Skandal? Ein Skandal!

Warum Anna Netrebko nicht in München singen will

Frankfurter Allgemeine

Sax sells

Als Instrumentenbauer und Musiker erfand er einen der Paradiesvögel unter den Instrumenten und war selbst nicht weniger originell.

Musik Heute

Internationaler Berliner Bach-Wettbewerb ausgeschrieben

Die Berliner Universität der Künste hat den zweiten Internationalen Bach-Wettbewerb für Ensembles auf historischen Instrumenten (BBW) ausgeschrieben.

Codex Flores

Solopianistin des Beethoven-Orchesters von Ehemann erdrosselt

Laut einer Mitteilung der Bonner Staatsanwaltschaft ist Kate de Marcken, die Solopianistin des Beethovens Orchesters Bonn von ihrem Mann, der im gleichen Ensemble als Cellist tätig ist, erdrosselt worden.

The New York Times

Manitas de Plata, Superstar of the Flamenco Guitar, Is Dead at 93

Manitas de Plata, a celebrity of flamenco guitar who sold millions of records, befriended Salvador Dalí and Brigitte Bardot, performed for raucous crowds at Carnegie Hall, made and spent fortunes and generally lived a life of fulfilled appetites, all after growing up poor and illiterate, died on Thursday in Montpellier, France.


ArtsProfessional ‏@ArtsPro: #APNews: @ArtsCouncilNI prioritises access to the arts in new five-year strategy http://bit.ly/1E8sLvH 

Classic FM @ClassicFM: This orchestra decided to eat the world’s hottest chillies & then play. Watch what happened: http://classfm.co/7IPQlN 

Intermusica @IntermusicaLtd: Rory Macdonald conducts his first concerts with the @RSNO tonight in Edinburgh & tomorrow in Glasgow http://ow.ly/DXwBD 

7Plata-Obit-master675Manitas de Plata performing in Paris in 1983. He wasn’t classically trained, yet went on to sell millions of records. Photo: Dominique Faget/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images